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The third edition of Writing the News continues the tradition of its predecessors by providing journalists with a clear and concise introduction to the craft of newswriting. In addition to updating and adding to the number of examples from the contemporary press, this new edition includes a section on the increasingly popular narrative form of the news feature and an expanded chapter on news style.
Preface to the Third Edition vii
1 Writing for Newspapers 3
Early newspaper style. Structuring the news. Stripped-down prose. The electronic revolution. Interpretative news. The electronic newsroom.
2 Writing the Lead 15
Lead structure. Lead language. Other considerations in lead writing: attribution and identification. Memorable leads.
3 Developing the Story 33
Secondary leads. The fractured paragraph: key words, transitional devices, pronoun references. Information weaving. Ending the story.
4 The Elements of News Style 47
Choosing the right word. Writing good sentences: sentence style, sentence criteria.
5 The Spoken Word in Print 63
To quote or not to quote: direct quotes, paraphrase, accuracy. The mechanics of quoting: attribution, partial quotes, substitutes for “said.”
6 Varieties of the Basic Structure 75
The multi-element story. The “hourglass” structure. The speech story: the advance text, note taking, speech story structure. The meeting story. The obituary.
7 News in Context 97
Making connections. Providing context. Localizing news. Using background. Developing news.
8 Featurizing the News 109
Traditional alternatives: page brighteners or brights, sidebars. Contemporary alternatives: the new graphics, featurized news, weekly feature styles.
9 Writing the Feature Story 125
Feature techniques. Feature development. Forms of the feature: the news feature, human-interest stories, personal profiles, narratives.
Suggested Readings 151